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Candy Dulfer Together Album Review

Candy Dulfer's album Together was released on April 14th.  If you have not heard the entire album, it will be worth your while to take the 67 minutes to experience the feeling. In short, this album is a masterclass on funk.  Dulfer shows precisely how an artist can take the style of the current musical landscape, and incorporate it with their signature sound.  Starting with her first album, Saxuality in 1990, Dulfer has always pushed the envelope, and this is evident as you listen ...

Mattias Roos Movin’ Up Album Review

Swedish keyboardist Mattias Roos is set to release his full-length album, Movin' Up on June 12.  This is a ten track effort under the Skytown Records label.  Roos takes care of the writing, arranging and production for the album.  Special guests include Elan Trotman and U-Nam. Mattias Roos Movin' Up Album Review The set opens with the title track, and Movin' Up features the one of today's top jazz guitarists, U-Nam.  This is a great track to open the album.  It is an uptempo song, and ...

Duffmusiq Debut Album Soulleash Review

We love to let you about some new soul/jazz music, especially the type of sounds that we think you would enjoy.  Soulleash by Duffmusiq, is an album that brings all of the important elements together.  They include R&B, Jazz, Funk, and live musicianship.  Duffmusiq is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who is the director of the project.  The recording is done ensemble style, with more than twenty musicians that lend their talents to the project. Soulleash features eleven ...

Album Review Just Funkin’ Around By Pieces Of A Dream

Pieces Of A Dream is back with a new album.  They have always been a favorite of mine, since back in the old days.  Remember the track Fo-Fi-Fo?  That was in tribute to the famous Moses Malone prediction for the 1983 NBA playoffs.  The founding members, keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon actually were discovered by Grover Washington, Jr. almost forty years ago!  Being together in the music biz for that long is an accomplishment. I guess you can call their sound fusion, ...

Album Review For Ty Causey Tyangles

The name Ty Causey may not immediately ring a bell, but I am sure that you know the voice.  Causey actually started out with Najee, as a writer and vocalist on the album Morning Tenderness.  Since then, Causey has been an in-demand vocalist, working with artists such as Norman Brown, Joe Sample and Pieces Of A Dream. Causey's first release, N-Tysing, signified the beginning of a smooth soul artist, and every release since, has shown the growth of this talented artist. The eighth ...

A Rendezvous With Clint Holmes

Halfway through his fifth decade as a multi-hyphenate entertainer who has released albums and singles that topped the pop charts, performed as an accomplished showman in long-running Las Vegas and Broadway productions, played sidekick to Joan Rivers’ on her late night television show, won an Emmy for his own talk-variety show, and served as a special correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight,” Clint Holmes (www.ClintHolmes.com) gets back to his roots as a jazz singer on his newly-rel...

Norman Brown Let It Go Album Review

I just want to go back to the year 1994 for a minute.  My musical tastes had broadened, and I was looking for different sounds and styles to quench my musical thirst.  There were two artists in particular that did this for me.  One, was the Brand New Heavies.  They had a UK Funk thing going on, and I had to grab everything that they did up to that point. The other was Norman Brown.  I heard his version of That's The Way Love Goes on the radio, and I just loved the flow of the song. ...

Raul Midon New Album Bad Ass And Blind

Raul Midón is back with a new album, called Bad Ass and Blind.  If you like vocal jazz albums that have a live, nightclub feel, this one will be for you.  There are eleven tracks of straight music to enjoy. To give you a little background, Midón started out working with some heavy hitters.  You may recognize some of these names:  Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias and Jose Feliciano. Midón also collaborated with DJ Little Louie Vega on a few projects.  In 1999, Midón ...

Jeff Lorber Fusion Prototype Review

Jeff Lorber Fusion is back with another high-energy funk album.  When I say high-energy, I mean this album could actually replace your morning coffee!  The main players are back: Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak, and joining the fray on this project is veteran Andy Snitzer.  They provide a nice, ten-track effort that will be a staple in your daily playlist. What would a jazz album be without the guest appearances?  Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, Larry Koonse, Paul Jackson Jr., and Dave Mann ...

Brendan Rothwell New Album Time On My Hands

I have always said that the bass is the essential element in the band.  Why?  Well, it is the bottom of the groove.  I mean, you can have a track without any drums, and if you have a good bassline, the drums become an afterthought. It is always nice to have a new, talented musician on the scene.  Brendan Rothwell has released his debut album, Time On My Hands, and it has some grooves that you will want to sample. Hailing from Canada, Brendan Rothwell is an accomplished Canadian ...

Daniel Chia Album In The Moment

I have said on many occasions that, in some ways, today's Smooth Jazz can really be classified as the new R&B.   Many of the instrumental artists today blur those lines, and when all of the elements converge; Great songs, talented musicians, and a superior studio recording, you have an album that will resonate with the listener. In The Moment is the debut album by Saxophonist Daniel Chia, and he is a part of the new generation of Smooth Jazz artists.  If this initial offering is any ...

Rick Braun Album Review Around The Horn

Known for his impeccable chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun has been thrilling audiences for decades. Having clenched over 20 #1 Smooth Jazz hits, Braun has collaborated with the best in contemporary jazz including Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Peter White, Dave Koz, Boney James and Brian Culbertson, to name a few. The highly versatile musician has also made a mark collaborating with pop stars like Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Sade, REO ...

Brian Owens and The Deacons Of Soul New Album

In a time where the Grammy Awards showcases manufactured popular music that leaves you searching for it's soul, there are artists out there that have more than enough soul to share with others. Case in point:  Brian Owens and The Deacons Of Soul.  Their latest release (February 24th) is titled Soul Of Ferguson, and if you are a fan of the Motown and Staxx grooves, this album should be a staple in your playlist.  The debut single, For You, features Michael McDonald.....yes that ...

Gordon Chambers Surrender Album Review

Over the last couple of years, I have wondered about the state of R&B music.  Actually that is incorrect, because R&B is really nowhere to be found. Why is this?  Well, R&B radio has pretty much vanished, as there are only a few markets that actually carry the format.  Many of the R&B station around the US are old school stations anyway. It is difficult for artists to get their music out to the masses.  This is one of the reasons I started this site....to showcase the ...

Phil Perry New Album Breathless

ONE OF THE GREATEST BALLADEERS OF OUR TIME PHIL PERRY RETURNS  WITH A NEW CD THAT PROMISES TO LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS "I try to become the story, not just the Storyteller.  The goal is to allow listeners to hear themselves in the story.”- Phil Perry Phil Perry has been in the game since the mid-70's, but I was introduced to his music in 1994.  This is when the album Pure Pleasure was released.  I remember hearing a remake of the Patti Labelle classic, If Only You Knew.  Now, if ...

Phillip Lassiter Album Chill Mode

Philip Lassiter’s contribution and relevance to the music industry are as diverse and celebrated as he is. The highlights of his impressive career include production and arranging work for seven GRAMMY winning projects with Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin in addition to working as section-leader, arranger and lead trumpeter for Prince. Lassiter is revered as a sought-after songwriter (SESAC) and Jazz musician whose talents earned him an endorsement with Cannonball Instruments and a recent ...

Top Smooth Jazz Albums 2016

The landscape of music has changed immensely over the last 1o-15 years.  I am not only talking about the music itself, but the way it is distributed to the listener.  Radio used to be the number one medium to consume music, especially new music.  There used to be countless radio stations as you rolled up and down the dial.  You would have your choice of the many, Pop, Rock, Country, and R&B stations that were out there.  The number of them would vary, based on your location, but you ...

Brian Simpson Persuasion Album

Brian Simpson's latest effort, Persuasion was released on November 18th, and I must say that musically, he gives us some variety.  I consider this an R&B album, even though there aren't any vocals on any of the tracks.  This is rare, as you will usually hear albums with at least some backing vocals on a few tracks. No vocals....No problem! When you start listening to an album, you always want the first track to give you some sort of feeling. For me, it either has to: ...

Gerald Albright G Album Review

This year in Smooth Jazz has been REALLY funky!  Releases by artists such as Richard Elliot, Vincent Ingala, and the Rippingtons have definitely turned up the funk content of the music that we have been hearing. Not to be outdone, Gerald Albright's new release, G, showcases Gerald's unmistakable style and smooth sax riffs.  September 30th is the release date, and you will want to reserve your copy now! Gerald Albright G Album Review It is better to lead off an album with an uptempo ...

2 Minutes of Smooth Jazz & Smooth R&B September 25

  2 Minutes of Smooth Jazz & Smooth R&B September 25

Jessy J California Christmas

Jessy J California Christmas Jessy J is getting us in the Christmas spirit with her special Christmas album.  California Christmas will be released on October 28, but we were fortunate enough to get a sneak peek. The album is full of classics, but we especially like Feliz Navidad/Home for The Holidays, an uptempo song that will surely warm you up on those cold winter nights. Silent Night has a little pep in its step with a blues feel.  I thought is was a straight instrumental track, ...

Richard Elliot Album Summer Madness

Richard Elliot Album Summer Madness I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and there was a lot of funk in my life as I was growing up.  The first concert I attended was Tower of Power and Peaches & Herb.  Now that was an interesting introduction to live music!  Tower of Power came out onto the stage with that Horn section, and immediately I became a fan of live musicianship.  The TOP Horn Section is so revered, they even have their own discography. I am still unsure ...